Cornell College Scholarships & Grants


Cornell College offers an attractive merit scholarship program. Many of our students earn academic scholarships, ranging in value from $10,000 to full tuition. Fine arts scholarships and awards range in value from $2,000 to full tuition, and are awarded to students regardless of major.

We also offer awards to transfer students and we connect students with a wide range of outside scholarships.

General scholarship guidelines

All students admitted to Cornell are eligible for Cornell scholarships. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs and loans. Scholarships are renewable annually if you make satisfactory academic progress, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Decisions and notification

Scholarship decisions will be based on your overall attractiveness as a candidate for admission and on the date you submitted your application. You are not guaranteed an award simply by satisfying the eligibility criteria associated with a particular scholarship, and in some cases you may be offered a scholarship at a higher or lower level than your eligibility would indicate. You may be awarded a combination of a Cornell scholarship and award, though the award will be limited in value to $4,000 or less.

Academic scholarship notifications are made at the time of admission. Fine arts scholarships notifications are made once all required materials have been reviewed.

Applications and additional information


Cornell Grant

The Cornell Grant is a renewable grant that is awarded to students based on demonstrated need. If a student's financial need stays similar from year to year, they can expect the grant to be re-awarded. If a student's financial need changes in future years, the value of the grant may be adjusted.

CSA Grant

The CSA Grant is a grant that is awarded to students not based on financial need. Students may expect to have their CSA grant renewed at the same value each year up to three additional years.